Kirsty Meldrum

“Never underestimate the power of your personality in making you stand out” says Kirsty.

Kirsty Meldrum is a Scot in London with a penchant for maths and music.

Current Role…Financial Analyst

Location…London, England

Three words that best describe my role are….
Lots of spreadsheets!

The knowledge and skills I needed to get this role were…
I work in the budgeting and forecasting team so having a good knowledge of Finance and the banks’s strategy was key. We also produce a lot of presentations for senior management so having good communication skills – both written and verbal – was important too.

I got these by…
I studied Mathematics at university and I am also completing the ACCA accounting qualification. These have both developed my ability to problem solve and analyse a company’s financial performance. Prior to this role I was on the Finance graduate scheme which gave me fantastic exposure to different areas of Finance and how the bank operates as a whole.

I spend most of my day…
Managing financial models, analyzing data and preparing reports for different stakeholders.

When I was growing up I wanted to be…
An actress. I loved being on stage and it was my dream to win an Oscar! It was only when I was 16 and choosing my exam subjects that I decided to change course.

I still love…
The arts and anything creative. I go to a lot of fashion and photography exhibitions, see plays at the theater when I can and I love going to gigs and music festivals.

The best career tip I’ve been given…
Only have competition with yourself. Create your own standards, your own goals and work to the best of your ability.

The coolest opportunity I have had in my career so far…
Every year the bank I work for organizes a trip overseas to raise money for charity. I’ve been very lucky to trek along the Great Wall of China and to take part in an expedition to Everest Base Camp.

My first job…
A dishwasher in a local coffee shop. Not the most glamorous but I was 14 and couldn’t wait to start earning my own money!

Game of Thrones or Starwars?
I haven’t watched either!

My best career advice would be…
Work hard and don’t be boring. Push yourself so that you always have choices and never underestimate the power of your personality in making you stand out.

 

Kirsty is on LinkedIn – you can visit her profile here.